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Wisconsin Occupational Driver's License

What is an Occupational Driver's License? 

An occupational license is a restricted driver license that may be available to you if your privilege to operate a motor vehicle is suspended or revoked. An occupational license enables you to maintain your employment and household. Unlike a regular license, an occupational license limits when, where and what type of vehicle you may drive.

Where can I drive with an Occupational Driver's License? 

With an occupational license, you may drive:

  • to and from work;

  • to and from school, college or university;

  • to and from places that you need to visit to maintain your household such as:

    • grocery store or market;

    • pharmacy;

    • laundromat;

    • gas station;

  • to and from your church or place of worship;

  • to attend to necessary family needs such as medical appointments and Driver Safety Plan.


You may not use an occupational license for:

  • recreational purposes such as;

    • visiting family or friends;

    • attending a social or sporting event;

  • operation of a commercial motor vehicle.

When can I drive with my Occupational Driver's License?


Your occupational license will specifically state the hours you will be permitted to operate a motor vehicle.  Your total driving time is limited to:

  • 12 hours driving per day (need not be consecutive hours)

  • 60 hours total driving for the week

Your occupational license will limit where you may drive. On your application, you will list:

  • Wisconsin counties in which you need to drive

  • other states in which you need to drive

    • If you need to drive in another state, you must check with that state to see if they allow you to drive in that state with a Wisconsin occupational license


Important: If you operate a motor vehicle outside the specified hours or for a purpose not specified on the occupational license, you can be cited for operating after suspension or revocation.

When should I apply for an Occupational Driver's License? 


Note that to be eligible to apply for an occupational license, your Privilege to Operate a Motor Vehicle must be suspended or revoked for a reason that allows an Occupational License to be issued. This means that you will not be able to apply for your Occupational License prior to your revocation or suspension taking effect.

What do I need to obtain an Occupational Driver's License? 


Once you’re eligible for an occupational license you will need to:


  • Complete form MV3027 (available online or at a DMV Service Center). On this form, you will list:

    • the counties or states in which you will be driving

    • the time(s) of day you will be driving

    • the purpose of your driving, e.g.: work, homemaker duties, Driver Safety Plan

  • Complete form MV3001 (available online or at a DMV Service Center)

  • Complete any required tests, including vision screening

  • Provide proof of your identity

  • Provide documentary proof that you are legally present in the United States

  • Provide an SR22, proof of insurance

  • Pay the nonrefundable application fee​


In addition:


  • If you are revoked for Operating While Intoxicated (OWI), you must complete an Alcohol or Other Drug Assessment and participate in a Driver Safety Plan.


  • If the court has ordered you to install an Ignition Interlock Device​ (IID), provide proof of installation for every vehicle titled or registered to you unless exempted by the court. 


How long will it take to obtain my occupational license?

  • Two hours are needed to process an Occupational License Application. Plan to arrive at the DMV customer service center at least two hours before the center is scheduled to close.

  • Depending upon the hours the DMV customer service center is open, you may receive your occupational license the same day. If it is near the DMV customer service center’s closing time or if they need to fax your application to the Driver Information Section, you may be asked to return the next day or the next time that DMV customer service center is open to have your Occupational License issued.